The origins of Cockney Rhyming Slang are uncertain. It’s not really a language since the words spoken are clearly English; on the other hand, it’s not a dialect either, since the speakers of this slang are also perfectly capable of not using it! Some stories go that this slang originated in the market place so that the vendors could communicate without the customers knowing what was being said— wouldn’t want your customers knowing that you were going to lower your prices in ten minutes so you could go home early.
What makes this list of slang different from the many others that are available on the internet is the examples of usage that are included for each word (and in some cases the origin)— much point in knowing that iron means bank if you can’t work it into a sentence, now is there? These files are quite large but all the words are presented on just one page so you don’t need to click around to find the information you want. Please be patient while the tables load… it’s a lot of information. But don’t worry – there’s a search bar!
Okay, that was a dismal failure. Seems everyone’s love of porn outweighs their interest in Cockney Slang. I tried but now I quit. In the few months the forum was active I had thousands of comments posted, only 2 of which had anything to do with slang. If the internet has taught us anything it’s that sometimes you just can’t have nice things. I’d like to say I’m sorry and, sadly, not surprised. I no longer have time to answer queries so this site is now going to be static – I won’t be providing any updates.